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Check out the great P90X Fit Test, and learn more at http://www.sharpefit.com/p90x-fit-test/

Check out the great P90X Fit Test, and learn more at http://www.sharpefit.com/p90x-fit-test/

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  • 1. 27Before starting an extreme fitness program like P90X, it’s important to know where youstand and if your current fitness level is adequate. Providing an honest assessment of your abilities andyour mind-set will allow you to take advantage of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.We ask that you complete the equivalent of Power 90®or Slim in 6®before you begin. But if you’reunfamiliar with these programs, we’ve set some guidelines for you to follow. If you can’t do what is listedbelow, you’ll see better results by doing another exercise program before you take on P90X. So if you can’tfinish the Fit Test, do Power 90. You’ll get great results, and then be able to come back and crush P90X.Do this test a few days before your official “day 1.” The P90X Fit Test takes approximately40 minutes to complete. Be sure to consecutively perform all the exercises in the order theyappear. Keep up with the timing, and make a note if you do anything differently; you willrepeat this Fit Test when you complete P90X, so it is vital that you are able to do it the sameway, in the same order. That way you’ll get a true indication of the improvements you’vemade. Pay attention, and be honest with yourself.TAKE THE FIT TESTThe more you show, the more you’ll know. Wear a swimsuit, underwear,or something comparable so you can see where you need the work, and where you’re making progress.Don’t be afraid to show some skin. These photos are great motivators. Be sure to take your first seriesof photos prior to day 1, following these simple guidelines:“BEFORE” AND “AFTER” PHOTOS1Use a plain background if possible.2 Take a few front shots (hands on hips, “biceps flex” muscle pose), a few side shots (handsat sides), and a few back shots (hands on hips, “biceps flex” muscle pose).3 Don’t suck it in or push it out. You want a true reflection of your body’s appearance. Thisis not just a “before” photo, it’s a goodbye photo. The P90X train is about to leave thestation, and that body is going to leave some luggage behind. “Whoo Whooo!”4 Repeat this process after Phase 1, after Phase 2, and after Phase 3 to chart yourvisual progress.5 Visit Beachbody.com/P90X, or if you’re a member of the Team Beachbodycommunity, go to TeamBeachbody.com, to create a profile page and post yourphotos online._Heart rate monitor_Body fat tester or caliper_Tape measure_Scale (calibrate to 0.0 lbs.)_Partner to help record data (optional)What you will needto take the Fit Testimportant note_Chin-up bar (securely installed)_Timer (stopwatch or watch with second hand)_Towel_Water_Your “Bring It” game face17
  • 2. 28You’ll want to monitor your morning resting heart rate throughout this program. This is a goodindicator of your overall cardiovascular fitness. If possible, take your resting heart rate as soon asyou wake up (BEFORE GETTING OUT OF BED). Over the course of the program, your resting heartrate should drop. If it goes up a few days in a row, you may be overtraining or getting sick.resting heart rateTHE FIT TESTHOW TO TAKE YOUR RESTING HEART RATEPut on your heart rate monitor. Be sure it is secure andworking correctly before beginning. Try to be as relaxed aspossible when taking this reading. Remaincalm and quiet for 2 minutes, then recordyour resting heart rate below.If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, take your pulse fromeither your neck or wrist, and count the beats for 30 seconds.Multiply by two to get your resting heart rate.That was the easy part . . . most likely you passed that.Heart rate Prior to DAY 1:Heart rate After DAY 90:Now take about 10 minutes to warm up. Start by marching in place, then do any low-impactmovements you like (jumping jacks, light jog in place, etc.) until you build up a light sweat, thenstretch out lightly. You never want to work "to failure" when you’re cold and tight. The warm-up onPower 90 Cardio 3-4 through the yoga moves is a good way to get you ready.now warm up:1_PULL-UPSmaximum numberof pull-ups to failureGrasp your chin-up bar using wide grip (palms facing forward, away from body, two fistswider than shoulders). From a hanging position, pull body up smoothly until chin clearsthe bar. Lower body back down, being sure to straighten the arms, and repeat without bouncing up.Don’t be discouraged if you are not able to do very many. Do as many as you can, to “failure.”*Record the number of pull-ups you can do here. (If you’re only able to do 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 of a pull-up, go ahead and record it anyway.)Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:*TO FAILURE?Physically “to failure”is when your bodystops you by notbeing able to go anyfurther withoutcausing injury. Do notforce past failure.P90X Minimum_Rest 1 minute before going on to the next exercise.Should be able to do at least 3 pull-ups if male, 1 pull-up if female. However, many peoplewon’t be able to do any pull-ups when starting P90X. You’ll get more out of the program if youcan do pull-ups, but you can substitute by using the B-LINES Resistance Bands with the doorattachment for pull-downs, which are demonstrated as an alternative in the videos.18
  • 3. 29jump with stepStand sideways with shoulder against wall and raise arm straight overhead against the wall. Record thatheight here.Then lower arm, take JUST ONE STEP back and proceed to jump straight up, trying to touch highestpoint on wall (no gathering up a head of steam prior to your jump—think “jump ball”). Record thatheight here.Subtract the first measurement from the second; that is your vertical leap.Record your vertical leap inches here.2_VERTICAL LEAPPrior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Should have a vertical leap of at least 5 inches if male, 3 inches if female.Rest 4 minutes before going on to the next exercise.P90X Minimum_P90X Minimum_ Should be able to do at least 15 if male, 3 if female (or 15 push-ups off your knees).maximum numberof push-upsto failurePut down something soft, about 2 or 3 inches high (pillow or cushion), to make contact withchest on each rep. Be sure to keep body straight with hands at “normal” push-up width.Record number of push-ups performed to failure here.3_PUSH-UPSPrior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Rest 4 minutes before going on to the next exercise.19
  • 4. 30flexibility testYou will need a ruler or tape measure for this test. Sit on floor with legs extended directly infront of you. Bend forward at waist and extend arms over legs towards toes. Don’tbend knees. See how close you can get fingertips to toes. If not able to reach,measure the distance from fingertips to toes. If able to extend fingers beyond toes,measure how much further fingers reach beyond toes. Do not strain or force this.Record distance from fingertips to toes here.Use a “–” if not able to reach toes (e.g., –3 inches)or a “+” if reaching beyond toes (e.g., +3 inches).4_TOE TOUCHPrior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Reach should be no less than 6 inches from your toes, or a “–6.”P90X Minimum_Rest 4 minutes before going on to the next exercise.Rest 4 minuteS before going on to the next exercise.isolating quad/leg strengthPlace back flat against wall and lower your body into a seated chair position (quads parallelto the floor, feet directly below knees (think 90-degree angle here). Start timer as soon asyou get into the chair position. Breathe through the discomfort and hang in there until youcan’t hold yourself up any longer (i.e., to failure). Be sure NOT to place hands on wall or“scoot” with shoulders. You can slide down slowly as you get tired, but once your butttouches the floor, time’s up.Record exact time able to hold wall squat here.5_WALL SQUATPrior to DAY 1: number weightAfter DAY 90: number weightP90X Minimum_ Should be able to hold wall squat for at least 1 minute.20
  • 5. 31Choice of weight is important for this exercise. A somewhat heavier weight will bemore effective in helping you determine your results on day 90—think of the weightat which you will max out at 10–15 reps. Men should consider a minimum of 20 lbs.and women should consider a minimum of 8 lbs. (see minimum below).Extend arms straight down in front of body, palms forward. Be sure thatarms are fully extended between each curl. Using both arms at the same time,perform as many curls as you can until failure. Don’t rock or cheat, and no breakslonger than 1 second between reps.Record number of curls completed and weight used here.6_BICEP CURLSPrior to DAY 1: number weightAfter DAY 90: number weightfront-facing curlsRest 4 minuteS before going on to the next exercise.the ab testStarting position: Seated with hands on the floor at your sides, knees bent withfeet on the floor. Raise feet off the ground and bring knees in towards your chest.Straighten legs back out and repeat movement without touching floor.Record number of in & outs performed here.7_IN & OUTSPrior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:P90X Minimum_  Should be able to do at least 10 curls with 20 lbs. if male; at least 10 curls with 8 lbs. if female.Rest 3 minuteS before going on to the next exercise.P90X Minimum_  Should be able to do at least 25.21
  • 6. 32Step 3: Heart rate 1 minute from stopping here.Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Step 4: Heart rate 2 minutes from stopping here.Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Step 5: Heart rate 3 minutes from stopping here.Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Step 6: Heart rate 4 minutes from stopping here.Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:You will now perform jumping jacks nonstop for 2 minutes at aquick and steady pace. During the final 30 seconds, you will goas fast as you can to maximize your heart rate. When you finish, be prepared tomeasure your heart rate over a span of 4 minutes. Should be able to finish thetest standing and able to breathe.8_HEART RATE MAXIMIZERStep 2: Record heart rate immediately after jumping jacks here.Prior to DAY 1:After DAY 90:Step 1: 2 minutes at quick and steady pace—last 30 seconds are at sprint.P90X Minimum_  Be able to finish the 2 minutes of jumping jacks.22